I have been sooo addicted to the orange peel shape lately. When Art Gallery Fabrics asked if I would like to be a part of their celebration of National Sewing Month, at first I wasn’t sure I could come up with a project in time. I have so many huge projects already in my queue… Then I thought, I could make another orange peel mini! (Here, here, and here are some other orange peel projects I’ve done) I chose Bonnie Christine’s fabric line, Cultivate. Do you follow her on Instagram? Such a lovely feed and at the moment she’s sharing the sweetest shots of her newborn baby girl, can’t get enough of those…
Of course, being myself, I couldn’t take the simple route and do just one mini. No no, I would do three. Above is the little sketch I sent to Art Gallery when I offered to do a project. A pair of free-form flower pillows and a geometric one to contrast. Then, I thought, why not bind them so I could hang them as little wall hangings or stuff them with pillows? So that is what I did, they have a 3/4″ binding that will look like a flange if I choose to use them for pillows, or they can hang on the wall. Great. Love them.
Each petal is prepared by ironing down a freezer paper template and basting the raw edges over the paper. I roughly arrange my pieces on the background, then press each shape, remove the paper, and pin them down in their final places. I use a running stitch with #8 perle cotton to attach the shapes to the background. I have used a regular applique stitch in the past, but for such busy fabrics I love the extra definition that the running stitch outline gives. I started with a 19″ square, trimmed it down to 18.5″ after the applique was done, then added the wide binding, bringing the inner square down to 17″ . So an 18″ pillow form makes them nice and plump.
If you too would like to make this pillow, you’ll need a medium pack of 2.5″ orange peel freezer paper templates, which I sell here. They are reusable in case you’d like to make more than one. And please use the box at top right to subscribe to my blog, as starting next Monday I’ll have a little series walking you through the process of working with orange peel templates.
(Photo shoot outtakes… “Hey, someone made a bed out here in the woods!”)
But wait, what happened to the pillow in the middle of the sketch?
I fell so hard for these little blocks that I had to hold them back in order to make an entire quilt out of them! I ordered more of the Pruning Roses print from Hawthorne Threads (which is also where I got the Pure Elements Icy Mint solid I used for the background) and I carry my little basket of applique with me everywhere. The pile just grows and grows… like a baby, the quilt will be here before you know it!
Oh yes, should I do a giveaway? Art Gallery Fabrics was very generous when sending fabrics for this project and I have a ton left over. Some is going into my stash but I have plenty to share, too! Leave me a comment letting me know your favorite applique pattern (if you have one!) to enter to win a generous bundle of Cultivate by Bonnie Christine. If you follow this blog or my Instagram, you may leave me an additional comment telling me so and that will count as a second entry. Thanks! I’ll draw a winner on Sunday, September 13th.
… This post was sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics….